When you’re at the beach in Georgia, you can enjoy the surf and sand during the day, then have a bonfire to warm up when the sun goes down. Georgia has open burning rules in place, so be sure to double check that bonfires are allowed at whichever beach you choose. In some areas, it is possible to obtain burning permits, but if you’re worried about the rules and regulations, many beaches nearby waterfront Georgia vacation rentals have their own fire pits. Alternatively, you can opt for a campground with designated fire rings. Take a look at several beaches in Georgia perfect for a bonfire with family and friends.

1. Cumberland Island National Seashore

Cumberland Island National Seashore is so popular that you need to make reservations months in advance. This getaway is Georgia’s largest and southernmost barrier island and is full of secluded beaches, wild horses, and plenty of camping options. The park’s camping hub is Sea Camp. It has 16 individual and two group sites with fire rings. Fire rings are also available at Stafford campground, which is 3.5 miles up the coast at Stafford Beach. If you’re not interested in camping, Cumberland Island has plenty of vacation rental options to choose from, but fires on the coast are not allowed, so be sure to stick to the campground fire rings.

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2. Sapelo Island

Reach 11-mile long Sapelo Island with a 30-minutes ferry ride. This island is home to Cabretta Campground which has overnight tent campsites that can accommodate 15 to 25 people, so invite the whole gang! These sites are nestled among live oaks, but still feature spectacular views of the ocean and easy beach access. While you’re there, explore the 16,006-acre barrier island to visit the restored lighthouse and the historic Reynolds Mansion. Guided tours are also available.

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3. Holiday Harbor Marina and Resort

Just because you’re not by the ocean, doesn’t mean you can’t find a beach! Holiday Harbor Marina and Resort is located only 30 minutes outside of Atlanta, in Acworth. It houses some of the best campground sites near Atlanta and some absolutely breathtaking views of Lake Allatoona. Plus, it’s the ideal place to have a bonfire with your family and closest friends. The resort has 20 lakeview lots and a full marina offering everything for your boating needs. There’s also a full-service restaurant and lakeside vacation rentals available.

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4. Cape San Blas, Florida

Okay, while this is not technically in Georgia, Cape San Blas is only about a 2 hour drive from the Georgia border and about five and half hours from Atlanta. It’s also more remote than the other Georgia vacation spots on this list, meaning that it’s the perfect place to get away and relax. In fact, it’s often called the Forgotten Coast of Florida. Read a book to the sound of lapping waves or bike down to the state park. Of course, you can also have a bonfire right on the beach, which you can’t do in Georgia. If you’re still looking for more things to do, check out the neighboring towns like Port St. Joe.

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5. St. Simons Island

Fires are prohibited on St. Simons Island without a permit from the Glynn County Fire Department, but if you can get one, it’ll be more than worth it. St. Simons Island was recently voted America’s number one favorite beach town and the number one favorite romantic town by Travel and Leisure. This beautiful, charming beach town offers golfing, charter fishing, spas, salons, restaurants, and of course, fabulous beaches. St. Simons’ glorious beaches can stretch for hundreds of yards at low tide.

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6. Eagle Island

Eagle Island is the place for a true escape. This private island is accessible only by boat and offers one of the rarest experiences of having the island entirely to yourself. Everything here has been exquisitely planned for your perfect stay. Once you arrive at the dock, the crew will take your bags to the Eagle Island Lodge which already has kindling and fire wood stacked inside the massive brick fire pit. All you need to do is light a match. This island vacation is romantic for a couple, full of adventure for young children, and a great place to connect and laugh with friends. Before you discredit the idea that private islands are only for the wealthy, the cost of Eagle Island puts this private getaway well within reach with a 6 night getaway for 2 for only $2,900 and $3,300 for a group of 3 to 12.

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More Information on Georgia Fire Regulations

Beach bonfires are classified as open burning in the state of Georgia. Any type of open burning requires a permit which can be obtained by calling 1-877 OK2BURN or online at http://www.gatrees.org/OnlinePermits/. This site also provides any information about additional local burn restrictions, as well as tips on safe burning practices. Please be sure to check the website before having a bonfire unless you’re using an area designed specifically for fires like a fire pit or ring.

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